Senator Joe Biden: What I personally saw in Iraq
Last Friday, I returned from my eighth trip to Iraq. I want to see in person the conditions on the ground before chairing our Foreign Relations Committee hearings this week with General Petraeus.
While there maybe some limited progress on security conditions in parts of Iraq -- the overall situation has not fundamentally changed.
It remains a sectarian conflict. Our troops are caught in the middle of a civil war. There is no purely military solution to this conflict. General Petraeus again testified today in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iraq must have a political solution.
I was invited to appear on Meet the Press with Tim Russert on Sunday to present my views on conditions in Iraq. Click the image on the right to watch a part of that interview.
This trip reinforced my long held belief that the conduct of this Iraq war by George Bush, Dick Cheney and their advisors has led to a catastrophic disaster affecting our nation both at home and around the world. Over 3500 brave women and men have died and over 26,000 have been wounded in support of this failed policy. We must get out of Iraq as quickly as possible.
But we must understand that the dangers of getting out are tremendous and will cost even more American lives and result in future conflicts if not done right. We must continue to fund the protection needed for our troops as they get out. Political posturing that cuts off funds to the troops -- does not end the war -- but it does endanger our brave men and women as we get them out.
Alone among all the Democratic candidates, over a year ago, I presented a comprehensive plan that would separate the warring parties to provide the breathing room to go forward, get our troops out and not leave chaos behind. That plan, the Biden-Gelb plan, establishes three autonomous regions: Kurd, Sunni and Shiites, with local control of their own lives.
This is the message that we must get to Iowa voters in the next few weeks as they begin to decide what candidate they will support in the caucuses.
To get that message out, we need your financial support.
We need to raise $100,000 in the next 10 days to continue to get the message of the Biden Plan to every Iowa caucus voter so that those voters understand what I would do to end the war.
Everywhere I go in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, voters ask me the same thing, how do we end the war in Iraq so that my kids or grandkids won't have to go back there a few years from now?
My answer is simple. We must end this war and leave Iraq in a way that prevents future chaos.
We can get America out of George Bush's big ditch with your help.
Will you help? Thank you.